Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 16,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $432.62 (12/1/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1874 S $5 MS obverse 1874 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1874-S $5 AU 53 PCGS. Ex: Bass. Formerly offered as lot 525 in the Bass IV Sale, where it was ably described as, 'Lustrous honey gold with much mint brilliance and rose iridescence in the recessed areas. Nicely struck. Rare in all grades (as are nearly all half eagles of the era). One of just 16,000 half eagles of the date produced in San Francisco. Typically found at just Fine or VF, an AU-53 specimen falls very near the high end of the Condition Census for the date. The present coin is one of just two examples of the date collected by Harry Bass, and is equal to that other specimen (Lot 1199, October 1999). It is worthy of note that PCGS has not certified an example of this date above AU 58! A memorable coin on all accounts.' The description goes on to give the die characteristics of this issue, which is how Harry collected U.S. gold, by die variety: 'Date logotype nicely impressed and nicely centered vertically, perhaps slightly left, left edge of lower serif of 1 over left side of dentil. S mintmark lightly impressed, upper serif below tip of arrow feather, positioned slightly left of center of V below.'

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Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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1874 S $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 58

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1874 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---521141299118-----------89
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Total---521141299118-----------89
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 S $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1442156115891749189528853099347438384239573433333333333
1482157016421798222529563224359539724737573433333333333
0000003224359539724737573433333333300
0000003349371741055236573433333333300
1874 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1363147715051658179927542960332436754064551533333333333
1401148615561705211728233081344138054548551533333333333
0000003081344138054548551533333333300
0000003203355839345031551533333333300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5515
Owner: Tim Stl
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 4064
Owner: Lucky One
 
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